Boston - If benefit managers are to truly control the significant cost from employees missing work, they need a single approach to managing disability and Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) programs. That's because disability claims cause 55% of employee absences and FMLA drives another 25%, according to the JHA/EBN 2005 Absence Management Survey. The survey also uncovered the high cost of employees being away from work: an employer pays $260.00, on average, each day someone misses work.To give benefit managers the single solution needed to better control those costs, Liberty Mutual recently enhanced a key claims management system. Liberty SystemOne.nxt now offers benefit managers one source for managing both disability claims and FMLA time, simplifying the complex compliance maze and making it easier to strengthen these programs.
"Joining our two previously separate systems--one for disability and another for FMLA--into a single tool gives employers greater control over these programs," notes Wayne Evans, manager of centralized claim and leave operations for Liberty Mutual's group market business unit. "And while our earlier approach was effective, nothing beats running both programs through the same system."
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